How to make extra money at home as a stay-at-home parent
Are the children taking a nap? Or perhaps simply having some quiet time and drawing or reading a book? And you’re left thinking what to do. There are always things to do around the house, but this is your time. What do you want to do? Or at least what do you wish you were doing?
If you want to turn your downtime into money-making time, I’ve put together some ways to make extra money from the comfort of your home. But please, do take some time for yourself to relax and unwind – that’s important too!
Sell your crafts
Website design agency Advertising Lab recommend creating an online store to start selling products nationally or internationally. You can sell the products you make. If you are passionate about crafting a certain item and would like to see what others think of your creations, why not turn it into a business?
During these difficult times, many people have started their own businesses, including Molly and Immy from this BBC article, who’ve lost their jobs and had to think on their feet. Molly started a business making her own jewellery and selling it online, whilst Immy started a postal bakery business.
The team at Ad Lab believe that a good-looking website that works smoothly is a very important part of any online store. If your website looks like it was done in the ‘80s and is difficult to use, people will not convert. For some inspiration, browse Ad Lab’s portfolio of award winning websites at awwwards.com.
Start a blog
If you love reading blogs and discovering new blogs that share your passion for certain topics, perhaps you’d like to start your own blog? As this article on Mums the Boss says, “starting a blog is not only a great hobby, if I do say so myself, but it’s also a great way to earn some money on the side. You can talk about all the things you love, share ideas and thoughts with like-minded people and earn some money from sponsored posts, display ads and much more.”
Think of what others need.
And sell your skills accordingly! Perhaps you know someone who is looking for some tutoring or maybe you’ve been told that a friend of a friend is looking for a virtual assistant. As Family Budgeting comments, “maybe you’re sitting at home looking at some social media accounts and thinking, “they should have posted about this” or “this would be a great idea for this brand” – why not do some social media management on the side?”
If you know people who need an extra pair of hands and you know how to help them, put a price on it and earn some income. Perhaps you’ve studied design or photography – advertise what you can offer to others on social media or websites, such as People Per Hour and Upwork.
Declutter your home and sell unwanted items
Suburban Mum recommends decluttering your home and selling any unwanted items. It might not be time for your yearly Spring cleaning but it’s time to start getting rid of clothes, accessories and other miscellaneous items that you haven’t touched in ages.
Fill in surveys
Market research is incredibly valuable to companies so a lot of money is invested in collecting data and opinions from consumers. You can easily complete online surveys from your phone, laptop or tablet and can even do this on the side whilst relaxing on the sofa watching Netflix. If you dedicate some time to doing this every week you can earn a nice little bit of the side.